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Cheap, easy last-minute Halloween costumes for kids

Face it: it's too late to come up with something as adorable and creative as this baby Prince costume for your kids to wear to their school Halloween party this year. (Find Discount Diva column on this subject here.)


And even if you had started in May, you probably wouldn't have been able to pull this off:


Let's not even talk about this family that went as the cast of Labyrinth:


But don't freak out and run to the store. You've got plenty of stuff laying around the house to come up with a perfectly respectable Halloween costume.

Such as:

Static Cling


Lady Gaga


Biker Dude


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---Samantha Maziarz Christmann

Free Wings at Quaker Steak & Lube

Quaker Steak & Lube will give away free six-pack "Sprintsters" of jumbo chicken wings next week in its "Six Wings for Six Days" promotion.

One six-pack of wings per person will be given away free Oct. 20 through Oct. 25 from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the restaurant, 6727 Transit Road in Lancaster, near Main Street. No purchase is necessary. The wings, which come with celery or carrots and ranch or bleu cheese dip, are not available to go.

The Pennsylvania-based chain is running the promotion to spread the word about being chosen "Festival Favorite" at Buffalo's National Buffalo Chicken Wing Festival for the third year.


---Samantha Maziarz Christmann

Consumer Reports says not to buy Heidi Klum's stroller


I guess her famous catchphrase is true: one day you're in, and the next, you're out.

A stroller hawked by Project Runway host and former supermodel Heidi Klum has been given a "don't buy" rating by Consumer Reports magazine.

In a series of consumer product safety tests, a buckle on the safety harness of the Truly Scrumptious Travel System by Heidi Klum repeatedly came unlatched, leaving kids at risk of falling out of the stroller. The most common cause of stroller-related injuries sustained by children are related to the child falling out of a stroller.

In fact, Consumer Reports is urging consumers who've already bought the stroller to say, "auf wiedersehen" and ask for a refund for the $220 piece of posh baby gear.

"If you already own the Heidi Klum TR252BQR stroller, you can continue using the car seat in the car and on the stroller, since it doesn’t rely on the stroller’s restraint system. But don’t use the stroller on its own. Consider asking the retailer for a refund on the entire travel system," Consumer Reports said, in a press release about the rankings.


---Samantha Maziarz Christmann